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Terra Relicta Top 20 Of 2016



01. The Human Voice - Silent Heart
02. Trees Of Eternity
- Hour Of The Nightingale
03. Darkher
- Realms
04. Aeon Sable
- Hypaerion
05. The Foreshadowing
- Seven Heads Ten Horns
06. NU:N
- Naked Until Noema
07. Cryo Chamber Collaboration
- Nyarlathotep
08. In The Woods...
- Pure
09. Klimt 1918
- Sentimentale Jugend
10. Terra Tenebrosa
- The Reverses

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Crematory - Antiserum (2014) - Review

Band: Crematory
Album title: Antiserum
Release date: 21 February 2014
Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Tracklist:
01. Apocalyptic Vision
02. Until The End
03. Shadowmaker
04. If You Believe
05. Inside Your Eyes
06. Kommt Näher
07. Irony Of Fate
08. Virus
09. Back From The Dead
10. Welcome
11. Antiserum

"And now it's time to unleash our powers again with the virus, the worm, the parricide, with the antiserum, welcome Crematory", are the introductory words that pushes us into the new opus from most popular German gothic metal band ever - Crematory. Antiserum is a very strong comeback after four years ago released album Infinity. Crematory remains loyal to their unique interpretation of gothic metal, but this time surprises a lot, not in a negative way, ok, some older fans could even see it that way, thus there was a risk taken. Like on their 2004 album Revolution the band experiments with electronic sounds a lot, actually for the basis they took EBM elements on which they worked together with Elmar Schmidt of Hamburg EBM act Centhron. This doesn't ruin the sound of Antiserum, surprisingly it makes it more dynamic, even harsher, stronger and if since Revolution in 2004 we often heard some of those elements in their songs, here the thing is upgraded till perfection and sometimes you don't know if you should dance or headbang like mad.

As the somehow industrial/ambient intro finishes, the same melody continues and starts the first proper track "Until The End", where before mentioned electronic elements are overwhelmed with the typical Crematory gothic metal sound, catchy melodies, combination of Crematory's trademark vocal duets between harsh and clean vocals, where I should mention that Felix Stass's deep growling voice has not lost its power and charm in all those years and Matthias Hechler's clean vocals have matured very much since we heard him for the first time on in 1999 released album Act Seven, just listen to "If You Believe" or satisfactory "Inside Your Eyes" and you'll get my point. On the new album you won't get any guitar solos, instead of that guitar lines, together with addictive electronic grounding, often keep the melody going on and so often riffs are becoming very aggressive, not to mention very powerful and technical, often really crushing drum beats that keep the dynamics on the album flowing further. Synth textures don't disappoint even, like ever before in Crematory's case it builds an astonishing gothic atmosphere so the sound is very dense and dark.

Further on in quite simple EBM/industrial/metal tracks like bonebreakers, with some similaraties to Rammstein, "Kommt Näher" or "Virus", the two with German lyrics, probably meant for German audience, where EBM scene blossoms like nowhere else, band doesn't really reach the high standards of the rest of the album, but instead of that scatters with an immense dose of energetic, yet danceable electro/industrial driven rough metal. Then the experiment of this so called EBM gothic metal reaches it's high point on quite extraordinary thunderous "Back From The Dead", but the best track in my opinion is marvelous and catchy album titled "Antiserum", with one of the greatest choruses the band ever did, not to mention the whole atmosphere and huge power of this one, yet with a beautiful ending which closes this album.

Antiserum is after all a great comeback for Crematory and certainly the band must be credited for their very bold approach, not only that they kept all the best elements from the past, they've implemented them with this EBM venture which brings an exciting groove to every track up here. Not to mention one hell of an impeccable production that in my opinion couldn't be better. It's a homogenous and very appealing album that must be heard several times before it gets a proper effect on the listener, beign positive or I believe in many cases also negative as far as I know the majority of metal audience of today. I certainly enjoyed in Antiserum and I hope to get a possibility to see them live, as in that case those tracks can get ever more powerful impact on the spectator. Antiserum is after all a metal album by all means, but it has a twist that works in their favour and certainly it's good to see the band not repeating itself.

Review written by: T.V.
Rating: 8/10

Recommended by Terra Relicta

Band: Darkher
Album title: Realms
Release date: 19 August 2016
Label: Prophecy Productions

Darkher's music is one of those captivating, highly atmospheric, unpretentiously dark and absolutely emotive sonic creations meant to feed your spirit. Jayn's songs are simply mesmerizing, beautiful, fragile, but at the same time there's present some kind of horror, intense veil of darkness and huge amount of almost raw power brought to the surface by stormy wall of guitar sound. The album features nine distinctive, dynamic and dramatic tracks that are impossible to resist. Realms can bring into listeners senses many different states of emotion, from dreadful angst, horror and fear, to immense beauty and calmness of mind, it's a glimmering of hope for the lost ones, but it can be as well a manace for others. It brings warmth when needed, but as well it glazes with freezing icing over your body. Darkher made a truly transcedental album that can't be really compared to anything done before, it's a sonic journey for your mind and soul.

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